Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is one of the most prevalent viral infections in the world.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 20% of Americans are affected with the flu each year. Out of this group, roughly 200,000 are hospitalized and 36,000 die from flu-related complications. The flu is a very serious illness.
The flu shot, a vaccination against influenza, works wonders. It greatly reduces your risk of contracting the flu, especially during flu season (October to May).
Prepare early and get your flu shot today at Addison Internal Medicine.
How Does the Flu Shot Work?
The flu shot helps prevent the spread of the flu through our communities.
The shot contains antibodies that help protect the body from the flu virus. There are a variety of different vaccines available. Each is tailored to protect the patient from a different strain of the flu.
The most common, called the seasonal flu vaccine, protects the patient from the viruses that researchers believe will be most prevalent that year.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get the flu shot.
Those that are at a high risk for contracting the flu, including children and the elderly, should be sure to get the vaccination. In short, the CDC recommends the flu shot as a sort of “universal” vaccination.
Yet certain groups of people should avoid the flu shot. That’s why it’s always important to talk to a medical professional before seeking the vaccination for yourself.
Get Your Shot at Addison Internal Medicine
Flu shots for the upcoming flu season are now available at Addison Internal Medicine.
Don’t wait to get your flu shot until you contract the virus. Get your shot today to stop influenza in its tracks. We recommend getting the shot as soon as possible, at least before October.
However, we will offer the flu shot well into the flu season. It’s generally available at Addison Internal Medicine until January or later.